IDS Balancer 3500

 
 
By Francis Chu  |  Posted 2002-01-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


IDS Balancer 3500

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Top Layers IDS Balancer 3500, the first IDS load balancer weve seen, is most useful for service providers and security-conscious sites that wish to balance workloads between IDS sensors, improving overall site security. However, for a dedicated server, its pricey, and it lacks failover capabilities found in other Web appliances.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The IDS Balancer can mirror network traffic to IDS groups right out of the box. Implementation isnt difficult, thanks to the intuitive Web-based user interface.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The IDS Balancer lacks failover capabilities, so IT managers who need fail-safe operation will have to set up multiple redundant IDS groups or buy another box to ensure consistent network monitoring.

PROS: Performs application-based IDS load balancing; easy to set up and manage.

CONS: Expensive; supports only round-robin load balancing scheme; lacks failover capabilities.

Top Layer Networks Inc., Westboro, Mass.; (508) 870-1300; www.toplayer.com



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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